Irma prompts class cancellations

September 8, 2017

Troy University has cancelled classes at all Alabama campuses on Monday and Tuesday in advance of Hurricane Irma.

The move comes in an effort to promote the safety of TROY students, faculty and staff during the hurricane event.

Here’s Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.’s message to the TROY community:

To the TROY Community:

Recent forecasts indicate that severe conditions related to Hurricane Irma will begin to impact Alabama starting Sunday evening. The safety of the University community is our highest priority; therefore, we have made the decision to cancel classes at all Alabama campuses on Monday and Tuesday to allow students to safely travel home, or make other preparations for the approach of this storm.

Sites in Florida and Georgia are also closed.

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to support our Trojans tomorrow as we take on the Hornets of Alabama State University. We expect good weather to remain with us in Alabama through the weekend.

We encourage TROY Online students to monitor email and Canvas for updates on how the storm will impact online classes.

We will continue to monitor the hurricane as it approaches and will communicate via email and the SOS alert system. If you have not signed up for SOS messaging, you may subscribe at We also encourage students to monitor local television stations, as we will also provide our information to the news media.

There will be provisions for shelter on campus for students remaining in Troy. Students will receive updates about the status of campus shelters via SOS messages and email. Essential campus functions including dining, public safety and resident halls will remain operational.

Support our Trojans tomorrow at The Vet, and keep your safety as the top priority.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly in the path of this storm.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

TROY Support Centers in Florida are already closed, as are several in Georgia. TROY Online classes will be suspended at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“We will continue monitoring the hurricane as it approaches and be in a position to take action as needed,” said Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves, who coordinates emergency services for the University. “We want to make sure everyone stays safe during this event.”

A key element of staying safe is providing the TROY family with information as it becomes available, and to that end a number of methods are available. The University has launched a special web page for updates at in addition to its SOS emergency information page, website and its blog.

Parents, students, faculty and staff may subscribe to the SOS alert system service free of charge at